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Microsoft emits Office 2016 for Mac (psst: you’ll need an Office 365 sub)

Office 2016 Word for Mac

Or wait until September to buy a copy

Word for Mac in Office 2016

Microsoft has released a new version of Office for OS X computers: Office 2016 for Mac will include new versions of Word, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

The Windows goliath is touting the applications’ revamped high-resolution user interface, which is designed to take advantage of Apple Retina displays.

Excel in Office 2016 for Mac

Five years in the making, thrilling new spreadsheets!

Office for Mac has been out since March as an open beta project, and has now been cleared for general use. Microsoft Office client applications and services team vice president Kirk Koenigsbauer said in a blog post Redmond received more than 100,000 feedback messages from Mac users during the beta test.

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Microsoft Releases Preview of Office Apps for Android Tablets

 

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Microsoft released a preview of Office apps for Android tablets today, including Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

Users of Android tablets can sign up to try the new Office apps preview at this page. Microsoft expects to have a “ general availability” release of Office apps for Android tablets sometime in “early 2015.”

The preview just works on Android tablets running the KitKat operating system release. Microsoft isn’t seeking testers using Android Lollipop at this time. The sign-up page also cautions testers that “you will need to avoid any system updates to the OS on your device to continue to participate.”

Read More by Kurt Mackie

Views of Office 365

Office 365 has been bantered around the industry for a while, I have been testing it for the last few days and come up with some Pro’s and Cons.

Microsoft Office 365 is a combination of Microsoft Office, Exchange Server and Share Point Server, all under one umbrella.

We All know that you can purchase Microsoft Office and own until the machine or you die (metaphorically speaking) but with an Office 365 you lease the software for a small fee per month and it’s the Professional Plus Version, so Everything from Microsoft Office add Exchange and Share point to this, you have a very good solution, it’s just like having you own Server with Full Office but at a fraction of the price, Short Term.

Pros

  • Outsourcing the hassle of installing, managing, patching, and upgrading extremely complex software systems.
  • Having predictable and known costs associated with adoption.
  • Keeping the lights blinking green and the software up-to-date and secure falls on Microsoft and is backed by service guarantee.
  • Reducing cost in not only immediate monetary value but also in efficiency and resource reallocation benefits.
  • Backing up and securing your data. After all, Microsoft may not be perfect, but its teams of engineers are extremely specialized and are experts at hosting the software that their colleagues have developed.
  • Using the software over the Internet — simply sign up and you’re ready to go. Without the cloud, a SharePoint deployment could take months.

Cons

  • Relying on network and bandwidth. If your Internet provider goes down, then you haven’t any access to your enterprise software and data. Microsoft does not control how you access the Internet and, therefore, cannot account for any failures.
  • Having data controlled by someone other than your employees. Your data is hosted in Microsoft’s data center. That can be both a benefit and a detriment. If you feel uncomfortable with your data out there somewhere, then you can either research the Microsoft data centers further or keep your data and applications locally in your own controlled data center.
  • Costs, you never own the Software, you are leasing it, so stop paying stop using.

It might be a few more Pro’s but the weight of the Cons are heavy, but with a little Clever IT knowledge, these are easy to overcome, apart the Cash.

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